On its 1961 Geneva Show debut the E-Type caused a sensation, with all the promise of its looks confirmed by independent road test results that not only recorded a 150mph top speed, but also 0-60mph and 0-l00mph in 6.9 and 16.2 seconds respectively; fast indeed, and the match of any exotic thoroughbred then available, combined with superb road-holding and remarkable docility.
One of the greatest post-war sports cars, Jaguar’s E-Type made immediate headlines on its launch in March 1961. Here was a sleek and beautiful 150mph car with a competition pedigree that could be bought for just over €2,000 almost half the cost of an Aston Martin or Ferrari.
A direct descendant of the XK120 and competition C and D-Type models that so dominated fifties sports car racing, the E-Type shared its 265bhp 3.8 litre twin-cam straight-six engine with the XK150 ‘S’, mated to a Moss four-speed gearbox with synchromesh on the top three ratios. Beneath the William Lyons/Malcolm Sayer-styled body, available in either closed or roadster form, the steel monocoque chassis sported all-independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes, mounted inboard at the back.
Sold new to Germany through Peter Linder, famous for having the Linder-Knocker Low Drag Coupe built this matching numbers flat floor roadster was sold new to Gunter Groner. The car was then sold to a US serviceman John Hogen who bought it from him and took it with him back to Minnesota. Hogen then traded the car for some specialist farm equipment, and that owner sold the car to the last now retired surgeon owner in the 1980’s. The car changed hands in May 1990 to Dr Paul Delong in Lowa before being repatriated back to European shores.
Supplied with its original special purpose built Knockoffs, and fitted with a very rare early steering wheel it displays 69,000 km which is believed to be correct. Copies of the paperwork are on file and the car is offered with UK V5 registration.
The subject of much recent work by UK specialists, this wonderful restored etype has had much recent expenditure. This includes a mechanical engine and gearbox rebuild, new suspension and braking systems and is reported to drive very well indeed. Bodily the car was subject to a repaint and is presented in excellent overall condition. These models are rare at the best of times, let alone one that has been restored to this standard.